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Apr 2, 2010 4:30am EDT
's take look this virginia, idaho and utah have already enacted new statues, saying that health care insurance coverage is not required. what you think comes out of this? in the short run, i don't think much. but if there were two-thirds of states that pass legislation, they could require a constitutional convention. under article 5 of the constitution, if three- quarters of the states agreed, there could be an amendment to the constitution. we have done this before. so this could lead to something, but the only way it will is if this sparks, truly a nationwide sentiment. i don't foresee that, but you never know. so then, basically these three states that have passed new statues in blocking that mandate, that's just symbolic, it has no teeth to it at all. for sure, in the short run, it has no teeth. as long as the federal law is valid, i think has this is under existing case law. then under the supremacy clause of the constitution, states are required to give all affect to the federal law. basically the supremacy clause makes federal law supreme, that everyone must follow it in the f
Apr 16, 2010 4:30am EDT
is calling for an investigation into the west virginia mine explosion earlier this month. 29 men were killed in the blast - federal inspectors are figuring out what caused the explosion at massey energy's mine. inspectors will also be sent to mines across the country with troubling safety records. the president says companies should be forced to make safety changes... and not just pay fees for violations. "we do know that this tragedy was triggered by a failure at the upper big branch mine -- a failure first and foremost of management, but also a failure of oversight and a failure of laws so riddled with loopholes that they allow unsafe conditions to continue." the president says companies that consistently violate safety standards - should be subject to tougher enforcement. shares of massey energy are down 20% since the explosion. "we fear that the president has been misinformed about our record and the mining industry in general." "there have been violations at upper big branch that the company does not agree with and a number of those violations have been appealed." in a statement, the co
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